PAGE warns BN of polls backlash from PPSMI snub

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 Barisan Nasional (BN) risks losing votes in upcoming polls if it continues barring students from learning science and maths using English in schools, a parents lobby group said today.
The Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) wants the 10-year-old policy of teaching science and maths in English at national schools (PPSMI) to be made an option for students in primary and secondary schools.

If it is political (decision on PPSMI) give us the PPSMI option in national primary and secondary schools, and we will give you the two-thirds majority, which you are making increasingly difficult for us to do.

Do not make us give the opposition our vote, said PAGE chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said in a statement to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today.

We would not like the Najib administration to be remembered for abolishing PPSMI, for not regaining the two-thirds majority and for making our children yet another lost generation, she said bluntly.

Noor Azimah stressed that the governments past decision in introducing PPSMI in schools was not flawed, adding it would empower students with the skills and knowledge needed to compete with other countries should the policy be retained.

She criticised Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for saying yesterday that the education system will turn chaotic if parents were allowed to freely choose the medium of instruction for their children.

Calling it unacceptable, Noor Azimah charged that all science and mathematics teachers should be able to teach in either Bahasa Malaysia or English as the PPSMI policy had previously been in place for nine years.

If the number of schools that choose English are small, then it would be even easier to provide the teachers. The reasons should be addressed head-on and not swept under the carpet after spending RM3 billion of the rakyats hard earned income. We want an explanation, she said.

Noor Azimah said that the current education system only divided children according to race-based schools, a split that was slowly incorporating class differences as seen in the growing popularity of private and international schools.

She stressed that PPSMI was not about learning English through science and mathematics, but to provide the context to put the language into practise.

Opposition parties like the DAP have thrown their weight behind PAGEs cause, demanding the Education Ministry be more flexible and give students the option which will enable the country to retain its best talents.

The growing row over the education policy has split the country along racial, political lines ahead of national polls likely to be called early next year.

Vocal fundamental groups are using the issue to champion their version of nationalism.

Several non-partisan civil societies have recently banded together to counter this tide but the powerful Malay-dominant political parties appear to be reluctant to commit to this hot potato issue ahead of the 13th general election.

Noor Azimah said that PAGE will be sending a letter of appeal to Najib on the matter tomorrow morning in Putrajaya.

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Long live PPSMI!

The government use our children as their guinea pigs for their so-called experiment to find the best way to improve our way-below-par education quality.

more like they are using this to earn some extra bucks for themselves…

imho, the decision to abolished PPSMI is more to political rather than really to ‘memartabarkan bahasa melayu/malaysia’ because:

  • there is better way to memartabatkan bahasa via other means/method. i.e. make sastera compulsory? just saying since in my opinion this is more practical rather than learning bahasa in math or science because these knowledge are not originally in bahasa
  • while the common’s kid learning curve are capped/limited to this system… the elites i.e. politician, ministers, lords are sending their kids to international school receiving first hand education in english. this is why i said its more political to maintain the ruling society at their current level by limiting the common opportunity

imagine once the kids reach uni level education, isnt it easier for them to adapt all books/reference are in english… then u can cut the time to re-educate them to re-learn english after all those years.

excuse by saying the teachers are not ready is not acceptable. most of the teachers are graduate hence i believe they should be able to adapt to this requirement by learning… its never too late. english is not that difficult. even kids nowadays can just learn english by themself via astro

One Phrase = Long Live PPSMI !!

English education is important, if u don’t wanna be left out in this ever challenging world.
(sometime i can’t help but laugh when i see the official government letter that is sent to me in BM…so no standard…furthermore…some word also salah spell)
(especially from majlis bandaraya (DBKU,MBKS,MBM,MBB etc etc and even ssm also)

Always love the reaction when i gets calls from WM and they speak in BM and me in english…Shows that most of them have trouble communicating…
Look at it this way, more chances for us going international, have a wider view of the whole world, where else “these” katak bawah tempurung will be stuck back here…

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 31 The Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) today admitted holding the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) to ransom over the use of English to teach science and mathematics in schools.

Yesterday, PAGE chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim had bluntly said BN risks losing votes in the upcoming general election if it continues to bar students from learning science and maths in English in schools.

Noor Azimah (left) with the letter of appeal the lobby group presented to the PM, outside the PMs office in Putrajaya on October 31, 2011. Picture by Choo Choy May
Today, the parents lobby group denied any political affiliation, saying it was only doing what was best for their children.
Because it is real. If we dont get this and Im going to vote and Im a believer. And unfortunately, if I dont get this for my children that is what I will do, Noor Azimah told reporters today after sending a letter of appeal to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the matter.

She said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said the decision to abolish the teaching of science and mathematics in English (PPSMI) was final, but pointed out it requires the endorsement of the PM.

We hope that as the PM has always been saying that he is listening to the rakyat, we would like to urge him to listen to us, she said.

He (Najib) says that people first, but we feel that parents and children are last. So please listen to us, we know they hear us, but they have to listen, she added.

Noor Azimah said the issue should not be politicised or distorted for selfish agendas.

If the politicians are playing politics when it comes to education, if they can do that, If todays memorandum should fall on deaf ears, Noor Azimah said PAGE would organise peaceful picnics around the country in support of PPSMI.

Come November 12, we will hold peaceful picnics in Selangor, Malacca, Penang and KL to show the government that we are serious.

PAGE had previously stressed that PPSMI was not about learning English through science and mathematics, but to provide the context to put the language into practise.

Opposition parties like the DAP have thrown their weight behind PAGEs cause, demanding that the Education Ministry be more flexible and give students the option which will enable the country to retain its best talents.

The growing row over the education policy has split the country along racial, political lines ahead of national polls likely to be called early next year.

Vocal fundamental groups are using the issue to champion their version of nationalism.

Several non-partisan civil societies have recently banded together to counter this tide but the powerful Malay-dominant political parties appear to be reluctant to commit to this hot potato issue ahead of the 13th general election.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/mala … to-ransom/

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 31 The Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) today admitted holding the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) to ransom over the use of English to teach science and mathematics in schools.

Yesterday, PAGE chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim had bluntly said BN risks losing votes in the upcoming general election if it continues to bar students from learning science and maths in English in schools.

Noor Azimah (left) with the letter of appeal the lobby group presented to the PM, outside the PMs office in Putrajaya on October 31, 2011. Picture by Choo Choy May
Today, the parents lobby group denied any political affiliation, saying it was only doing what was best for their children.
Because it is real. If we dont get this and Im going to vote and Im a believer. And unfortunately, if I dont get this for my children that is what I will do, Noor Azimah told reporters today after sending a letter of appeal to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the matter.

She said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said the decision to abolish the teaching of science and mathematics in English (PPSMI) was final, but pointed out it requires the endorsement of the PM.

We hope that as the PM has always been saying that he is listening to the rakyat, we would like to urge him to listen to us, she said.

He (Najib) says that people first, but we feel that parents and children are last. So please listen to us, we know they hear us, but they have to listen, she added.

Noor Azimah said the issue should not be politicised or distorted for selfish agendas.

If the politicians are playing politics when it comes to education, if they can do that, If todays memorandum should fall on deaf ears, Noor Azimah said PAGE would organise peaceful picnics around the country in support of PPSMI.

Come November 12, we will hold peaceful picnics in Selangor, Malacca, Penang and KL to show the government that we are serious.

PAGE had previously stressed that PPSMI was not about learning English through science and mathematics, but to provide the context to put the language into practise.

Opposition parties like the DAP have thrown their weight behind PAGEs cause, demanding that the Education Ministry be more flexible and give students the option which will enable the country to retain its best talents.

The growing row over the education policy has split the country along racial, political lines ahead of national polls likely to be called early next year.

Vocal fundamental groups are using the issue to champion their version of nationalism.

Several non-partisan civil societies have recently banded together to counter this tide but the powerful Malay-dominant political parties appear to be reluctant to commit to this hot potato issue ahead of the 13th general election.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/mala … to-ransom/